From Fertility Acupuncturist Amy Matton
Reconnecting with the Universe
I think we have gotten away from the natural order of things. With the advent of modern technology many of us are less in touch with nature than ever before. Days can go by without our feet ever touching the earth. Notice how long it has been since you have walked in the woods, stood by the ocean, or marveled at the full moon. Temperature controlled climates, fluorescent lighting and our laptops allow us to work whenever and wherever we please. No longer are we bound to the rhythms of the day and season. And yet we are not separate from our environment; there is a relationship between us and our surroundings. The laws of the universe apply to all; I have always found comfort in this.
Fall is a time of turning inward. We gather in the harvest and reap the rewards of our work. Like the sap in the tree moving inwards towards the root, we consolidate and store. The expansive outward energy of summer wanes as yang is moving into yin. The organ associated with fall is the Lung. This is a time we may be susceptible to fall allergies or colds and care should be paid to support our defensive (wei) qi. The emotion associated with the season is sorrow or grief. With the withering of leaves on the trees and energy withdrawing inward, some of us will experience feelings of grief and loss during the transition of the seasons, as we experience a shift in energy and weather. Like the function of the Lung, autumn is a time of both taking in and letting go.
I am one of those people. I always feel a little sad in the fall as the warm long days of summer are over and the colder days of winter loom ahead. This year instead of ignoring fall and pushing through the transition, I plan to take time to be a part of it, and revel in the parts I do like: long walks with my dog through the fallen leaves, the beauty of the fall foliage, the crisp snap in the air as I leave for work in the morning, smart wool socks, building a fire and cozying up with a good book, the bounty of apples, squash and root vegetables. All these things help me connect with the season.
As the energy of the season turns inward so does my own. For me this means taking care of the interiors in my life, both in my home and my being. As I will be spending more time in doors, I have a renewed interest in making the space harmonious and tackling some projects I have let go over the summer. For instance, I might finally get around to hanging those pictures in the living room that have been stacked in the corner for ages.
I also feel the pull to do those things that matter most for my emotional interior, like meditation, reading, dancing, cooking and time with family and friends. All these small things help me ease the transition into a new season and reconnect with the universe with which I am a part.
About Fertility Acupuncturist Amy Matton:
A graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a master’s degree, Amy is a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist. Acupuncturist Amy Matton’s areas of expertise include women’s health and fertility issues, pain management, stress, and adjunctive cancer care. In addition to a decade in private practice, she has been working with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut for the past six years providing traditional and laser acupuncture to women undergoing treatment for infertility.
For more information or an appointment, please call Amy at 203-858-6286.